My love of Visegrad began when I read the book called “Bridge on the Drina” by Ivo Andric who won Nobel Prize.
I decided to see that bridge with my own eyes, so I bought my ticket and went to that beautiful city called Visegrad in Bosnia Herzegovina. The city was situated in the eastern part of the country and on Drina River.
I was very excited to be in a town completely different from the big metropolitan cities I was used to. The famous bridge was built by Mehmed Pasha who was an Ottoman statesman in 1571, as I learned from the guide. I realized that it was really a popular tourist attraction when I saw all the people around the bridge. They came only to see the bridge-so I was not alone. By the way, I also learned that the bridge was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
One whole day was enough to see the famous sites of Visegrad, so I went to Mostar the next day. I stayed at the Ero Hotel which was conveniently located in the heart of the city. Mostar is the biggest city in Herzegovina and as soon as you stepped into the city, you feel it. The first place I visited in Mostar was the Stari Most, the English translation of which is the Old Bridge. It was a beautiful Turkish bridge dating back to the 16th century. It spans River Neretva. The view of the bridge was amazing especially at night.
I totally enjoyed my trip including both Visegrad and Mostar. They contributed to my historical knowledge greatly. The lesson I learned from my trip: Sightseers know more than just readers.